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Patience Cruise Ship offers summer specials

BELFAST, Maine — The Patience Cruise Ship summer specials will include free rides for women on Tuesday, July 12 and for children on Wednesday, July 13, from Thompson’s Wharf on Belfast’s Waterfront. A free cruise will be offered for business members and guests 5-7 p.m. Wednesday evening. The steam ferry Patience leaves the Wharf at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, call 546-2927.

Lecture to focus on changing flora of Acadia

WINTER HARBOR, Maine — The Schoodic series lecture, “Acadia’s Changing Landscape: Changes in Acadia’s Plants and the People Documenting Them Over the Past 120 Years,” will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Moore Auditorium on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center, Acadia National Park, in Winter Harbor.

Think the plants you see in Acadia now are the same ones your grandparents or great-grandparents saw? Caitlin McDonough and Chris Arflack, graduate students working in Acadia National Park this summer to develop a process for Acadia to make their botanical collections more easily accessible, will present an illustrated lecture on how the flora of Acadia has changed since the late 1800s, including what has disappeared and what is newly arrived. They will discuss the people who are behind their study — folks who have been meticulously documenting the flora of the park over the past 120 years.

It is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 288-1360 or email

Carol Dyer memorial benefit in Bar Harbor

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The 10th annual Carol Dyer memorial “Light the Way to a Cure” luminaria evening to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 6, on the Bar Harbor Village Green.

When Carol Dyer lost her battle with brain cancer in June 2001, her friends decided to channel their grief into planning an event that would honor her by giving others a fighting chance. Light the Way to a Cure is an evening to remember those who have been affected by cancer in every way, shape and form. Luminaries displaying the names of cancer victims and survivors, available for $10 each before and during the event, will illuminate the Bar Harbor Village Green as a variety of local musicians perform in the gazebo.

Luminary order forms are available at The form can be returned with a check payable to the American Cancer Society with “Carol Dyer” in the memo line. Please mail to: The First, P.O. Box 258, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. For more information, call 288-9680.

MacArthur recipient to speak at MMA

CASTINE, Maine — Historian Annette Gordon-Reed will deliver the third annual Deborah Pulliam lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Delano Auditorium at Maine Maritime Academy.

Professor Gordon-Reed is best known for her research dealing with Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Heming and their family. Her book “The Hemings Family of Monticello” won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2009, as well as fifteen other awards. Last year President Obama presented her with the National Humanities Medal and she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship — often referred to as the “genius grant.”

For more information, call Lynn Parsons at 326-9790.

Tibetan scholar to visit Belfast area

BELFAST, Maine — Rinpoche will be in the area giving teachings from July 21 to 26. There will be a public talk on Rinpoche at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Belfast Free Library in the Abbott Room. Rinpoche is the term used to refer to Anam Thubten, a Buddhist scholar from Tibet. It is a term of endearment that he likens to “brother” or “sister,” the same titles used to address monks and nuns in Christian monasteries and convents. A $10 donation is suggested but no one will be turned away. For more information about additional public talks and retreats July 22-26, call Katia Ancona at 323-5393 or email

Lasagna supper to benefit church

HANCOCK, Maine — A supper fundraiser will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Hancock Union Congregational Church. The menu includes lasagna, salad, bread and dessert. This fundraiser will benefit Union Congregational Church and Friends in Action. Price for supper is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 7-12 and children under 6 are free. For more information, call 667-4449.

Habitat for Humanity to host benefit concert

HANCOCK, Maine — Hancock County Habitat For Humanity announced a fundraiser for their sixteenth house, to be constructed in Hancock. Students of the Pierre Monteux School will present a benefit concert for the project at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Union Congregational Church of Hancock, Route 1. Suggested donation is $20. For more information or advance reservations, call 422-6445 or email

Milbridge days to take 1950s theme

MILBRIDGE, Maine — This year’s annual Milbridge Days will have a 1950s theme. The events will be held from Friday, July 15, to Saturday, July 30, and include a beauty pageant, cod fish relay races and parades.

The Miss Milbridge Beauty Pageant will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 15. This event is an annual fundraiser for Narraguagus Bay Residential Care Unit. Contact Marie at 546-2371 or 598-8083 for information and applications.

A “Happy Days” sock hop will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, July 29 at Pines Restaurant. Dancers are urged to dress for the occasion in 1950s attire and dance to Rockin’ Ron and The New Society Band. There will be no cover charge for those in costume. All other will be charged $5.

Other events include a 5K road race, blueberry pie sales, a Chinese auction, lobster bake, grand parade and fireworks. For a full schedule of events, go to

Knitters sought in Machias

MACHIAS, Maine — Preparations are already under way for a communitywide effort to assure that all Washington County children have gifts under the Christmas tree this coming holiday.

CCGT is sponsored by area churches and the Maine Sea Coast Mission and serves eligible children and adults from Jonesboro to Lubec. Staffed by volunteers and funded by individuals, area schoolchildren and county businesses, the program provided clothing, toys, books and games to just over 860 participants last year.

Accompanying most of the children’s gifts were handmade mittens and hats while adults in area group-living facilities received lap robes or blankets.

The program swings into high gear from just before Thanksgiving to a week before Christmas as volunteers, working out of the Holy Name Parish Hall, fill gift requests and ready bags for pick-up by agency staff for their clients. Ann Lockett, the coordinator of that effort, said volunteers provided 625 hours last year.

The volunteers, who refer to themselves as Helen’s elves, will meet at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 20 at the Centre Street Congregational Church. All are welcome.

To make a donation or participate in the knitting program, please call Vose at 255-6665.

Lubec student recognized

LUBEC, Maine — U.S. Senator Susan Collins recognized Emma Page, a student at Lubec Consolidated School, at Lubec’s Bicentenary Jubilee last week.

Page helped design a flag for the town of Lubec with imagery of West Quoddy Lighthouse and the sunrise and sunset, symbols of Lubec’s position as easternmost point in Maine and the U.S.

The flag was unveiled at Lubec’s Bicentenary Jubilee and will be considered by Lubec voters as the official town flag later this year.

Banner entries sought for blueberry festival

MACHIAS, Maine — Organizers of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival are looking for original banners to decorate the town for the annual festival, held during the third weekend of August. Children up to age 16, adults, families, organizations or businesses may participate in the contest.

Completed banners must be delivered to Centre Street Congregational Church for judging by 2 p.m., Friday, August 12. The banners will be displayed on Main Street in Machias during the week of the festival.

Banners must be 2 feet wide by 3 feet high. A 3-inch rod pocket must be at the top and bottom for mounting during the festival. The subject matter should represent Washington County, especially blueberries. Four winners will get a Visa gift card.

Contest entry forms are available at Centre Street Church and on the Documents-Downloads page of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival website

Pembroke Library to host Sea Fare

PEMBROKE, Maine — Sea Fare: Songs of Food & Drink will be performed by From Away Downeast from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Pembroke Library on Old County Road.

Sea Fare, an evening of traditional and contemporary songs of seafood and drink, will be performed by America’s easternmost chantey group — Susan and Stephen Sanfilippo and Jim Sherman — accompanied by 5-string banjo, guitar, Anglo-concertina. The song menu will include mussels, clams, eel, fish chowder and cod fish, washed down with grog, ale, beer and whiskey. As always, the audience will be invited to sing along.

Admission is free and for more information, contact 726-4747, 726-4745, or

Contradance set for Trescott

TRESCOTT, Maine — A contradance will be held at the Cobscook Community Learning Center’s outdoor bandstand and amphitheater at 7 p.m. Monday, July 18.

Caller Alan Furth will be joined by a group of local musicians, among them Lynn Brubaker, Gene Nichols and John Viselli. The contradance will be attended by a group of visiting Lesley University students who are participating in the center’s Ecological Teaching and Learning program. All community members are invited to take part in this old-time celebration of movement and music. All dances are taught and easy to learn. For more information visit, or call 733-2233. A donation of $5 per person, or $15 per family, is suggested. In the event of inclement weather, the contradance will be held in the CCLC’s Commons building.

Wild landscape photography session offered

STEUBEN, Maine — Photographer Craig Snapp will host a hike up scenic Pigeon Hill and instructional photo outing at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16. Following the shoot, Snapp will demonstrate how to stitch photos and make panoramic prints. Bring your own camera and equipment, lunch and water.

Participants should meet at the Pigeon Hill Preserve parking lot on Pigeon Hill Road. The event is free and sponsored by Down East Coastal Conservancy. For more information, call 255-4500.

Route 1 construction to begin in Whiting

WHITING, Maine — Starting Friday, July 15, crews are set to begin construction on a 3.8-mile section of Route 1 in Whiting.

Crews will be removing a portion of the existing pavement, then repaving the portion of the road that stretches from the intersection of Route 1 and the Gardner Lake Road north 3.8 miles to the Halls Mills Road.

During construction, motorists will experience delays as portions of the road will be restricted to alternating one-way traffic regulated by flaggers.

Lane Construction is the contractor for the $3.2 million project, which is scheduled to be completed by October 1.

Vendors sought for Pleasant Point health fair

PLEASANT POINT, Maine — The 2011 Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Community Health Fair will be held 9-11:30 a.m., Friday, August 12, at the Youth and Recreation Building. Every year at the start of Indian Day Weekend celebrations, the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Health Center hosts its annual Community Health Fair. Health vendors are being sought to set up tables and booths. For more information, call 853-0644.

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